Sweat - Nelly

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. [The songs are] all distinctly clubby and therefore get a little tiring after a while.
  2. 70
    The superior [of the two albums]. [Dec 2004, p.142]
  3. Nelly mixes hip-hop energy and pop ebullience like it's no sweat at all.
  4. The main thing 'Sweat' has going for it is the fact that it isn't 'Suit.' [2 Oct 2004, p.63]
  5. The album inevitably deteriorates into generic boasts via guest rappers. [17 Sep 2004, p.75]
  6. Listening to the most inventive rapper in the world for an hour and a half would probably constitute too much of a good thing. In the case of Nelly, it lays his shortcomings worryingly bare.
  7. Even by Cornell's extremely shallow standards, this is unbelievably lazy production. [Joint review of both discs.]
  8. 80
    Sweat... is more fun, but that's the point. [Oct 2004, p.126]
  9. If not musically the most creative thing to ever have been called hip-hop, “Sweat” has more than its share of head nodding struts and hands-in-the-air moments.
  10. These are easily Nelly's best albums so far.
  11. Sweat’s the obvious keeper for those looking for the follow-up to Nellyville.
  12. Each collection somewhat sticks to its goal, but each has songs that could have easily fit on either release. [26 Sep 2004]
  13. While some of the posturing about his bling--as well as the repetitive dirty South beats--might get a little tired, this one is guaranteed to keep it hot in herre all night.
  14. Anchored by predigested melodic hooks, Nelly's songs seem composed with the sole intention of ending up as your next ringtone. [Combined review of both discs]
  15. Nelly's taste in beats for "Sweat" is almost impeccable, and it's easy to imagine three or four of these songs all being singles.
  16. 50
    Unfortunately, Sweat is affected by some forced collaborations and shallow subject matter. [Oct 2004, p.184]

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